While no one is happier about the arrival of Benjamin Travolta, born Nov. 23, than parents Kelly Preston and John Travolta (with the possible exception of “ecstatic” big sister Ella Bleu), friends of the famous family are also reveling in the news.
“We are completely overjoyed about the birth of Benjamin,” says producer pal Keisha Whitaker, who along with her husband, actor Forest Whitaker, has been close with Preston and Travolta for years. “We love them so much. This feels like full circle.”
Benjamin certainly inherited a great sense of timing from his movie star parents. “It’s absolutely wonderful that Kelly gave birth to such a big strapping boy,” said producer Donald Zuckerman, who worked with Preston on both the upcoming movie Casino Jack, and 2006’s Broken Bridges. “His birthday will be [around] Thanksgiving Day, which is wonderful and very fitting after the ordeal that they went through,” he added, referring to the loss of the couple’s son Jett in 2009.
And how does Preston feel about being a new mom again at 48? “She was very much looking forward to having the baby. She hadn’t experienced any sickness,” Zuckerman said. “She is a magnificent person – fun, nice, upbeat. She deserves the very best in life.”
• Reporting by LIZ MCNEIL and MIA MCNIECE